Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Vice President, Engineering & Smart Grid, ComEd

Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, is ComEd's Vice President of Technology and Smart Grid. Prior to that position, she was the Director of Smart Grid and Technology, serving as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Technical Chair of the 2016 IEEE PES T&D Conference, Advisory Committee Member of the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy, Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Electricity Journal, special issue on Energy of the Future Applications to Illinois.

Jacob Tetlow
Jacob Tetlow
Vice President Transmission & Distribution Operations, APS

Jacob Tetlow is vice president of transmission and distribution operations for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric utility provider serving over 2.7 million residents across the state.  He is responsible for the company’s energy delivery function, which includes system operations, maintenance, engineering, project management and construction of the electrical transmission and distribution system. 

Jacob recently served as the chair of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies distributed energy resources sub-committee and is a member of the association’s power delivery committee. He also speaks regularly across the U.S. regarding distributed energy describing how the utility sector can enable and complement the rapidly changing energy landscape.  Closer to home Jacob serves on the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy of Arizona and the Arizona State University’s Industrial Advisory Board in search of partnerships between industry and education. 

He grew up in Mesa Arizona and graduated Arizona State University in 1995 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Jacob worked and lived in both Show Low and Flagstaff Arizona for over 15 years while working at multiple power plants in rural Arizona.

Ram Sastry
Ram Sastry
Vice President, Infrastructure & Business Continuity, American Electric Power

Ram Sastry joined American Electric Power as the Director of Information Technology Audits in 2002. His previous roles included Distribution Research and Technology, Utility Research, Processes and Systems and Distribution Services. Currently he is the Vice President of Infrastructure and Business Continuity, where he is responsible for operational risk and asset management, advanced energy technologies, business continuity and resiliency. Ram has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bombay. He is a Project Management Professional, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.  Ram and his wife Pallavi reside in Dublin, Ohio with their two children Karthik and Kailash.

Vibhu Kaushik
Vibhu Kaushik
Director of Grid Technology & Modernization , Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison (SCE), the largest subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, USA. It provides 14 million people with electricity across a service territory of approximately 50,000 square miles.

As the Principal Manager of Asset Management and Generation Strategy group at SCE, Vibhu is responsible for driving the major maintenance and capital investment decisions and maximize the returns for company’s hydroelectric, natural gas, energy storage, and solar power plants; performance benchmarking & asset optimization, water planning, asset condition monitoring, engineering and risk analysis; plant engineering; central work management program; central outage planning and scheduling; documents and records management for all of SCE’s generation assets.

Vibhu was previously Principal Manager for Resource Planning & Optimization where he managed supply and demand bidding strategies, overall utilization of SCE's contracted and utility owned generation portfolio (20,000 MW+) in California ISO markets through preparation of daily resource plans and quantifying the short-term risk of serving SCE’s bundled customer load.

Prior to joining SCE in 2011, Vibhu was section head for generation operations planning group at Manitoba Hydro’s system control center in Canada, where he lead the team responsible for generation reliability, generation modeling and optimal utilization, and outage management functions.

Vibhu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada. He is also a registered professional engineer. He is currently pursuing an executive MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Sonja Glavaski
Sonja Glavaski
Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing  portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control  of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems.  Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.

Ashwin Shashindranath
Ashwin Shashindranath
Managing Director, Evergy Ventures

Ashwin Shashindranath is a Managing director at Evergy Ventures. Ashwin is looking for and works with entrepreneurs and companies who are genuinely excited about being agents of change in the energy landscape. Since joining Evergy Ventures in 2017, he's led investments in ecobee, Redaptive, Claroty and ClimaCell. His focus areas include Energy Storage, Digital Utility, Energy Efficiency and Cybersecurity. He previously served on the investment team at OpenAir Equity Partners where his areas of interest included Internet Of Things and Aging in Place technologies. Ashwin has over 10 years of startup operational experience spanning both business development and product management roles.

Kate Sherwood
Kate Sherwood
Vice President, Head of Sales, Centrica Business Solutions

Kate Sherwood is an energy executive with over 20 years of experience leading successful go-to-market strategies and sales teams, from startups to established firms.  She was most recently senior director of grid modernization at 3M, where she led the market introduction of new data-enhanced material science solutions into the global utility & critical infrastructure markets. Prior to 3M, Kate spent over a decade in the solar and energy storage industries, where she held leadership roles with Advanced Microgrid Solutions, SolarCity (where she was a partner of Direct Energy), Recurrent Energy, and SunPower. Prior to solar, she spent over a decade in finance, marketing, and strategy consulting with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture. Kate holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS cum laude from George Mason University.  She lives in Austin with her entrepreneur spouse and sons.

Michael Edmonds
Michael Edmonds
Chief Commercial Officer, S&C Electric Company

Based at S&C Electric Company’s headquarters in Chicago IL, Michael Edmonds is the Chief Commercial Officer of the company. Responsibilities include all aspects of the business go-to-market strategy that solve customer problems - ranging from traditional switching & protection, grid reliability, consulting services,  microgrids, & the management of the electrical power grid. Six regional businesses report to Michael as does the global solutions group. Previous roles at S&C include President US business, VP Strategic Solutions covering strategy, product management, and marketing.

Before joining S&C Electric Company in 2010, his previous roles included VP & GM of Siemens Energy Automation and Power Technologies Inc (PTI). With these positions, he was responsible for the business of real-time energy management (EMS/DMS) and transmission network planning businesses.

Adam Langton
Adam Langton
Energy Services Manager, BMW

Adam Langton is the Energy Services Manager for BMW of North America, LLC. In this role, Adam leads the development of energy service products related to BMW’s electric vehicle program. Prior to joining BMW, Adam worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, supporting the state’s development of electric vehicle programs and developing the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program. Adam graduated from UC-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where his studies focused on energy and environmental policy issues.

Jenifer Lee
Jenifer Lee
Principal Manager Emerging Technologies & Valuation, Southern California Edison

As the Principal Manger for Emerging Technology & Valuation at Southern California Edison, Jenifer leads the team that identifies and evaluates emerging technologies that will enable SCE to modernize the grid, integrate distributed energy resources, enable customer choice, and accomplish SCE’s strategic vision to decarbonize the electric sector and electrify transportation and buildings. She is a senior leader with more than thirty years of experience in the energy, electric utility, and independent power industries. She has an entrepreneurial work history focused on technical leadership in emerging businesses from cogeneration to renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure development. She has led teams that have commercially implemented new technologies and deployed databases with a focus on project management and execution.

Ms. Lee has a multi‐disciplinary background including business start‐up, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, financial analytics, contract negotiation, project construction, change management, and organizational leadership.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems and a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Arts & Science, both from Pennsylvania State University.

Advisory Board

Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Vice President, Engineering & Smart Grid, ComEd

Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, is ComEd's Vice President of Technology and Smart Grid. Prior to that position, she was the Director of Smart Grid and Technology, serving as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Technical Chair of the 2016 IEEE PES T&D Conference, Advisory Committee Member of the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy, Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Electricity Journal, special issue on Energy of the Future Applications to Illinois.

Sergej Mahnovski
Sergej Mahnovski
Director, Growth & Innovation, Edison International

Sergej Mahnovski is Director of Growth and Innovation at Edison International, where he leads a team focused on the identification, incubation and commercialization of growth opportunities from emerging technologies, new business models and strategic collaborations in four key focus areas of clean energy, transportation electrification, grid edge, and customer choice.

Sergej previously served as the Director of the Utility of the Future team at Consolidated Edison. Sergej also served as the head of New York City’s energy and sustainability agency for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where his team developed a blueprint for reducing carbon emissions in NYC by 80 percent by 2050, and a comprehensive strategy for rebuilding critical energy infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy. The team was awarded the Citizens Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Innovation for developing new approaches to reducing air pollution in NYC. Sergej also served as a Chair and co-founder of the NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation.

Sergej has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He was previously Director for the Global Power Group at IHS CERA and Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation. Sergej holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History from Stanford University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

Alexandre Torreele
Alexandre Torreele
Head of Innovation, Strategy & Business Development, Elia
Doug McMahon
Doug McMahon
Vice President of Strategy, New York Power Authority

Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state owned electric utility. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s corporate strategy. In addition, Doug leads incubation and commercialization of new products, services and technologies at NYPA - aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing scalable and financeable solutions that make the energy system cleaner and more efficient, intelligent, flexible and resilient.

Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Utility of the Future, ComEd

Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.

Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.

Eliano Russo
Eliano Russo
Head of e-industries, Enel
Ashwin Shashindranath
Ashwin Shashindranath
Managing Director, Evergy Ventures

Ashwin Shashindranath is a Managing director at Evergy Ventures. Ashwin is looking for and works with entrepreneurs and companies who are genuinely excited about being agents of change in the energy landscape. Since joining Evergy Ventures in 2017, he's led investments in ecobee, Redaptive, Claroty and ClimaCell. His focus areas include Energy Storage, Digital Utility, Energy Efficiency and Cybersecurity. He previously served on the investment team at OpenAir Equity Partners where his areas of interest included Internet Of Things and Aging in Place technologies. Ashwin has over 10 years of startup operational experience spanning both business development and product management roles.

Ben Kellison
Ben Kellison
Director, Grid Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research)

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research), specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.

He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.